VFL Round 3 Tips and Preview - Port Melbourne and Richmond clash

Dale Fenney 28 Apr 2017
  • Port Melbourne host Richmond in the Channel 7 TV Game
  • There will be Friday Night football between Footscray and North Ballarat
  • Three teams remain winless heading into the round

It's set to be a big round of VFL Football with teams settling into the season with early wins crucial.

There will be VFL action across three days this weekend starting with a Friday Night game between Footscray and North Ballarat before two thrilling Sunday afternoon clashes.

Footscray will open this weekends football with a clash under the lights against North Ballarat at Whitten Oval. The Bulldogs will be hoping to take their win-loss record into positive territory after a 1-1 start to the season while North Ballarat are looking for their maiden victory. The reigning premiers picked up their first win of the season with a 51-point win over Werribee with Fergus Greene booting five goals in the victory for Footscray. North Ballarat bounced back from their first round defeat with a much-improved display despite still losing by 46 points to Casey Demons.

Geelong and Casey Demons will clash in a big matchup at Simonds Stadium this Saturday at 1:00pm. The Demons and Cats both boost 1-1 records and will be looking for their second wins respectively this weekend. The Cats fell to Port Melbourne last round at home (Simonds Stadium) after the Borough got off to a perfect start with the first five goals of the game and never looked back. On the other hand, Casey picked up their first win of the season with a 46-point win against North Ballarat in slippery conditions at Casey Fields. Casey six-goal-to-two second term set up the win with Tom Bugg kicking five goals and Bayley Fritsch four.

Werribee Tigers will play hosts to Essendon on Saturday afternoon at Arden Street. Werribee are out for their first win of the season whilst Essendon are gunning for back-to-back victories. Werribee Tigers were trailing by 28 points at half-time but despite winning the third quarter the Tigers were again overran in the final term. Essendon secured their first win of the season in style defeating rivals Collingwood by 81 points in front of a big crowd at Windy Hill. The Bombers kicked six goals to one in the second term to lead by 42 points at the main break and continued to dominate the rest of the game.  

Sandringham will take on Collingwood at Trevor Barker Beach Oval this Saturday afternoon. Sandringham and Collingwood both sit at 1-1 following round 1 wins but both failed last week to back it up. Sandringham were leading by five points early in the second term before four unanswered goals gave the Tigers the edge and despite fighting back in the third, Sandringham just couldn't get back in front for the rest of the game. Collingwood were dealt a big blow losing by 81 points against Essendon in the traditional Anzac game.

Port Melbourne and Richmond will clash in an early top of the table game with both teams unbeaten. Channel 7 will broadcast the game live with the match getting underway at 2:40pm. Despite inaccurate kicking, Port Melbourne defended well and recorded a 13.18 (96) to 6.8 (44) win away from home against the Cats. Richmond recorded a 25-point win against Sandringham with the win set up of four unanswered goals – two either side of half time – to jump out to a 20-point lead.

Williamstown and Box Hill Hawks will clash in a blockbuster game at Burbank Oval on Sunday afternoon. Williamstown (1-1) and the undefeated Box Hill Hawks are two highly fancied teams for the premiership this season and this game will give an early indication of where both sides sit. A six-goal third term helped the Northern Blues to its first win over Williamstown since Round 1, 2014. Box Hill Hawks delivered a crushing 20.8 (128) to 9.8 (62) win over the Coburg Lions at home.

The final match of the round sees Coburg Lions take on the Northern Blues at Piranha Park. Coburg are gunning for their first win whilst Northern Blues are hoping to take confidence from their first win last week. After a narrow defeat in the opening round, Coburg suffered a 66-point loss to Box Hill away from home. Northern Blues stunned Williamstown with a 21-point win at Preston City Oval in the Channel 7 game.

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